Significance of Education and Training During Software Development

Significance of Education and Training During Software Development
December 19 10:00 2011  

Teaching and training provide people-based solutions to eliminate the source of software bugs. Software practitioners notice for a long time that the human factor is the most important indicator in determining the quality and, as a result, the success or failure of the software products.

Teaching and training of professionals from the sphere of software testing can help them in operating, controlling and improving working methods. Such activities may also help to make sure that they have some, if any, delusions associated with the software product or product development.

The removal of these misconceptions will help avoid the injection of these types of software bugs into the software program.

The efforts which are spent on education and training and directed to eliminate defects should focus on the following spheres:

Specific knowledge about product and application domain

If the people involved are not familiar with the type of product or application domain, there is a high probability that incorrect decisions will be met. For instance, developers not familiar with embedded software can design a system without taking into account its surrounding constraints, which in turn will lead to the wrong interface and problems with the interaction of software and its environment.

Knowledge of software development and experience play a significant role in the development of high-quality systems. For instance, lack of experience with technical requirements and product specifications can usually cause a lot of mistakes and rework in accompanying code, design and testing.

Knowledge of the methodology, technology and development tools can also play a significant role in developing high-quality software products.

Knowledge about the process of development

If staff which works with Project does not fully understand the processes of the development, there is little probability that process will be properly implemented. For instance, if staff involved in the additional software development does not understand how to put together efforts for various increments, the uncoordinated development can cause problems with the interaction or interface.

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  • Colm

    I would give you a more concrete example. It is not that the developer is not familiar with embedded systems that would cause the problem you highlight, at least I don’t believe that. I believe what you are highlighting is developers who don’t actually understand how the business end works. For example someone developing software for a slot machine with little knowledge of slot machine protocols would surely come into problems. They are not simply coin in/out machines. Like wise someone trying to develop a booking engine for an airline company who is not familiar with how airline seats are sold will also have problems. From that point of view industry training is crucial to eliminate bugs. Development training however should of course be ongoing, but will more likely lead to more efficent coding rather than more error free coding. I would like to draw attention to your second and third paragraphs. I am not sure you have actually said what you wanted to say.

    • Anastasia Ilchenko

      Thank you for your example. I totally agree with you.